Then we have the issue of expectations: I am NOT Santa Claus! I don’t have a sleigh that can deliver your kitten to you at 7 AM on Christmas morning, nor will I deliver a box at that time with a kitten in it outside your door (yes, I was asked to do this). No, your kitten cannot come to you by Christmas if it is younger then 12 weeks, and yes, the entire house is a hazard to curious and playful kittens around the holidays. No I don’t want your entire family in my house when you pick up a kitten, simply because they are in town.
Every year I get the same requests (and many breeders with me), and every year the demands are getting crazier. Christmas is a hectic time, most people have family over, kids are super excited, things are in the house that are normally not there (decorations) and all of this makes the transition for a new kitten all the more difficult and stressful. Us breeders have a life too, most of us have kids, a family and full time jobs, and we cannot play Santa when you ask us to, and we are busy around the holidays as much as you are which makes pickups and deliveries all the more difficult for us and stressful for the kitten.
Last week I received a request for 2 kittens they wanted to pick up on Christmas morning at my house. NO! I spend Christmas morning with my family!
My apologies for the “tell it like it is” post, but seriously, the demands and requests are getting crazier every year, and the amount of these requests doubles almost every year. It drives me slightly mad... :/